Genre of the Month, Recipes

Bangers and Mash

Still a favorite in pubs and restaurants around the world, this British dish frequently makes an appearance in historical novels set in working class England.  It’s a hearty meal, and very easy to prepare.  So if you need a good meal to warm your belly while reading tales of the working class, grab a hammer, suspenders, and these ingredients.

  • 4-6 Beer-soaked sausages
  • 1.5 Pounds of golden potatoes, skinned
  • 1/2 Yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons minced garlic
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • (Optional) Brown or onion gravy, cheese, and/or peas and carrots

Fill a large pot 3/4th’s full of water, and allow to boil.  Once boiling, add the potatoes, cover, and let boil for 30 minutes or until easily pierced with a fork.  In a large skillet, melt a tablespoon of butter, then add the onions and garlic.  Sauté the onions until soft, then add the sausages.  Make sure to turn the sausages regularly so they are thoroughly cooked on all sides. Once the potatoes are soft, drain the water, add a splash of milk, and as much butter as you like.  Mash to a fine puree; optionally you can mix in some cheddar cheese or canned peas and carrots at this point.  Spoon a hearty helping of mashed potatoes onto your plates, optionally top with gravy, then add one or two sausages and onions.  Enjoy your warm, filling meal!